Former bus driver accused of sexually abusing student appears in court

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SALT LAKE CITY – A former school bus driver who allegedly sexually abused a 5-year-old student with special needs who rode regularly on his bus was in court Wednesday.

John Martin Carrell faces nearly two dozen felony charges in connection with the case and has been in jail since May; he was charged after a father reported his daughter said the man had touched her inappropriately and police reviewed surveillance camera footage from the bus.

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Carrell appeared with a new attorney for Thursday’s scheduling conference, and FOX 13 News’ Scott McKane was on hand for a live report—see the video above for details.

Carrell is scheduled to appear in court next on July 15, and the man’s attorney said they may seek a reduction of bail. Carrell is currently being held on a $3 million cash only bond.


1 Comment

  • Trish Ramirez

    String all pedophiles up and shoot them between the eyes.

    They can’t be rehabilitated.

    No matter what, they are always going to be a danger to society.

    Anyone who has the URGE to have s e x u a l contact with a child should be executed for the good of society.

    No matter what contributions they may make to society aside from their pedophilia, nothing is great enough to undo or cancel out the damage that they do.

    They have been trying forever to find a way to correct this desire in people who feel it, and to no avail. There is no such thing as an ex-pedophile or a pedophile who will never abuse a child.

    They are unsafe, like rabid dogs, and should be dealt with as such. I don’t care how kind they are otherwise or how nice of a person they are otherwise or if they are a great dad otherwise or a wonderful aunt otherwise, that otherwise is too destructive to the very foundation of society and the human psyche.

    They got this dude on tape, it should be a no brainer. Anyone who supports him or who wants him rehabilitated needs to have their head examined. Stop enabling these creatures.

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